Bunion Treatment – Conservative and Surgical
It’s often thought that the only way to treat a bunion is with surgical intervention – this is only partially correct. Sure, the only way to correct a wayward toe is with bunion surgery, but we have conservative treatment methods that can relieve symptoms and reduce the likelihood of progression.
When it comes to nonsurgical care for a bunion, we are looking at options like:
- Shoe choices – Finding footwear that offers wide, deep toe boxes can be beneficial. This avoids placing too much pressure or friction on the affected area.
- Ice – Icing a bunion for about fifteen minutes at a time can help to reduce pain and inflammation. It is important to make sure that ice is not placed directly on the skin. Wrap it in a thin cloth or towel to avoid skin damage.
- Medication – As always, consult with our office before administering medicine so we can provide recommendations and appropriate dosage amounts, but non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are useful for managing pain and inflammation.
- Custom orthotics – Our office can create a special pair of orthotic devices that are custom-fitted to an affected foot. This treatment is used to redistribute pressure on the foot and keep it away from the forefoot area.
With regards to bunion surgery, there are various surgical techniques we might use. That said, severe deformities may need procedures to be performed for both affected soft tissues and bones. In the case of mild bunions, we may recommend only an osteotomy procedure (more on this in a second).
Either way, the good news about surgical intervention for bunions is that it’s often rather effective. In fact, a majority of patients report improvement and favorable outcomes.
Professional Bunion Treatment at Premier Podiatry Group
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